11/17/2014 10:05 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Elsa The Kitten Saved From Severe Hypothermia, And Given A Fairy-Tale Ending

This little feline was on the verge of death when a shelter saved her life.

Allison Baker of Denver, Colorado, got an urgent call on Thursday from a friend who found a kitten outside in dire condition.

"A friend of mine ... had a cat that she found outside. It was half covered in snow and (she) said it probably wasn't going to make it," said Baker told ABC7. "I was convinced the cat was dead when she brought her here."

After wrapping the kitten in blankets and putting her on a heating pad, Baker brought the freezing feline, who had a severe case of hypothermia, to the Dumb Friends League, an animal shelter. The group got to work on the kitten, who was at first non-responsive and had a temperature that didn't register on the thermometer.


"[They] fortunately did the right thing by bringing her to us, and it ultimately saved her life," Megan Rees, of the Dumb Friends League, told The Huffington Post in an email.

Seeing how serious the kitten's condition was, those working on the kitten wasted no time trying to revive her.

"Our health care staff immediately placed her in a bed of heating pads and warming blankets, we put warming 'booties' on her paws and used a hair dryer to raise her body temperature. We also administered warm IV fluids," Rees told HuffPost.


After some time, the cat who the staff fittingly named Elsa after the queen in Disney's hit movie "Frozen," started to return to a healthy state.

"After about an hour to an hour and a half she began to perk up and was able to move around and we were able to feed her some food. Her temperature stabilized around 102 degrees," Rees said.

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While Elsa is currently doing well, Rees says that the incident serves as a reminder to cat owners that they need to make sure their cat stays warm through the winter.

"Cats should be kept indoors, especially during the winter, for their own safety and well-being," Rees says. "It’s important to keep in mind that our pets are affected by the cold weather too, so it’s a good time to brush up on cold weather safety tips."

Happily, Elsa has found a foster home, and will be ready for adoption in a few weeks, according to the shelter.

To learn more about Elsa, or to donate to the Dumb Friends League, click here.

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